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Jul 14, 2011 1:00pm PDT
these reimbursement accounts. then we have information we could act on -- [bell rings] supervisor campos: thank you. is there any member of the public who has not spoken who would like to speak? please come forward. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i have been affiliated with restaurants for about 25 years. i think the legislation was well intended and was written with passion and care. however, although it is intended to solve a problem, a local, in fact, it will create another problem. restaurants operate on a 3% margin right now if you do everything right. with the 3% margin, with all the other mandates pushed on this restaurant shares -- restauranteurs, eventually, a straw will break the camel's back here right now, there's a lot of restaurants -- a straw will break the camel's back. right now, there is a lot of restaurants and about 500 close every year. right now, what you are seeing is people are failing, and there is no cushion. there is no money. 95% of us are struggling. 5% of us seem to be doing fine. if we are all put out of business, no one will have any benefits. >> i am with the san f
Jul 18, 2011 12:00am PDT
's are not working as currently presented, and i thank you for your time. supervisor campos: thank you. is there any other member of the public who has not spoken who would like to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. again, thank you to everyone on both sides of the issue has spoken about this. i know that president chiu and i know supervisor farrell -- ashley, he is on the rules committee, which is starting now -- actually, he is on the rules committee, which is starting now. i do not want to belabor this, but one thing that is important going forward is that we had a discussion about the legal parameters we have, and i think that is something that should have been appropriately at the board of supervisors so that the entirety of the board can hear in a closed session some of the legal issues implicated, so with that in mind, i make a move that we forward this without a recommendation to the full board. supervisor farrell. supervisor farrell: thank you, supervisor, and thank you to everyone who came out today on both sides of the aisle. obviously a contentious issue. to say my piece about
Jul 16, 2011 7:00pm PDT
personally know enough about the laws, and i would really value, as supervisor campos mentioned, having a dialogue in closed session with our chief economist, with our city attorney to think deeper and much broader about creative ways to solve these issues without burdening the employers in the city unduly. obviously, health care is an extremely important issue, and we need to solve for that, so i appreciate the comments on both sides of the aisle. i want to thank everyone who came out in the middle of their day as well. so i appreciate that. i think where it differs, and i know supervisor campos and i will differ, is that i would like to do that now and in committee. from my point of view, this is not something in my opinion that we can rush into, and this is not rushing into it, but this is something i want to take the time to do it right. that would be my preference. to do it here in committee. let me say very publicly that i will commit the work to find a solution. but i would prefer to do it here in committee as opposed to sending it to the full board. supervisor campos: i apprecia
Jul 28, 2011 10:30am PDT
that is very responsive and is always open and easy to address and get what i need. supervisor campos: one of the reasons we are holding these hearings is so that the public, at the department's know that going forward the government on an oversight committee will be monitoring recommendation so that we will know and have a public discussion about who is doing something or not doing something. >> i would like to make one last note with regard to mta. it is a large organization, and one of the things i do appreciate about that organization is they do have someone as a permanent liaison. even when there is that change as we are experiencing now, that individual has been very responsive to us. that has been very helpful. supervisor campos: this is a full-time position dedicated? >> the supervisor has many other things they're doing. it is not only audited by a city department, they have mmany federal and state of its they do as well because of the type of work in construction they are doing. this person is one piece of the individual's job. but it is a contact person that keeps consistency. s
Jul 28, 2011 6:30pm PDT
that action recommended by the auditor. any questions and comments? supervisor campos: i do have a question about the cash handling audit, which was done in december of 2009. so you are actually implementing the one recommendation previously the comptroller said the airport has decided not to implement a recommendation because of staffing issues, but you are deciding to do that? >> yes. supervisor campos: that is great to hear. no more questions. thank you. why don't we hear from the arts commission. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is rochelle axle, acting director of the arts commission right now. i am happy to have an opportunity to talk to you about the 2007-2008 audit pertaining to the cultural center. just a quick overview, that this lawyer that audit was done, 200720078 was a particularly challenging year for the cultural center and the director of 20 years suddenly passed away. there was quite a bit of transition in leadership going on at that time. on it was well timed because it provided a great opportunity to look at what issues were so that when the new director came in in
Jul 30, 2011 11:00pm PDT
sullivan to add anything. supervisor campos: we have the deputy attorney. did you want to add anything? >> good afternoon. charles sullivan. i thing the department pretty much summarized it correctly. i have nothing to add, unless you have questions for me. supervisor campos: before we proceed with discussion, i wanted to ask of the legislative analyst's office, how this process works. we have item 2 and item 3, a resolution. my understanding is, as a committee, we have to act on each one of the five recommendation that has been made. is that correct? >> good morning, supervisors. this committee will make -- should be making a decision on whether they agree or disagree with each of the five findings and whether they agree or disagree with the one recommendation from the board supervisors. add that time, this committee will pass out to the full board a resolution that incorporates this committee's decision for approval or disapproval. supervisor campos: ok. colleagues, why don't we move to the actual resolution where you have the specific findings. again, what you have here are
Jul 14, 2011 11:30am PDT
campos: you indicated that usurp businesses, in terms of their view of the health care security ordinance. what did you find in surveying those businesses? >> we surveyed hundreds of businesses in san francisco in 2008 and 2009, and found in both years, two-thirds of the misses surveyed are in favor of the health care security ordinance. the same is true for the restaurant industry. two-thirds of restaurants tell us they are supportive of the ordinance. supervisor campos: finally, do you agree with the conclusions in mr. egan's impact report? >> my reading of it is that there would be potentially thousands of jobs lost in san francisco. supervisor campos: 270 the first year, 105 in the second year. >> that is a minimal impact. furthermore, his analysis did not take into account, to the best of my understanding, at the restaurant industry has passed on the cost of the increased expenditures to consumers. that would further mitigate the effect and further reduce his estimates. thank you. next speaker please. -- supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> i work for a technology co
Jul 19, 2011 8:30am PDT
. the reduction in payroll taxes. supervisor farrell: so it is $10 million? thank you. supervisor campos: on that note, another way of looking at the $50 million is to the extent that the money is not being accessed by the worker, that is $50 million worth of health care benefits back somehow someone has to cover, and that someone is going to be the tax payer. >> just to discuss the results of our economic simulation, essentially, what our simulation finds is that the impact of higher labor costs outweighs the benefits of higher health spending that we are -- over the two years we are looking at. again, it is a maximum because of the that the million dollars being a maximum number. a maximum of 290 fewer jobs in the first year an additional 190 fewer jobs in 2013. clearly, again, the industries where we feel the employer impact would be felt the worst, which is the accommodations, food services, and retail trade industry -- accommodations and food services together will lose between 170 and 240 jobs over the next two years -- supervisor campos: my apologies. i wonder if you could speak u
Jul 28, 2011 11:30am PDT
? supervisor campos: if you could summarize them. >> we also disagree with the third finding. the requirements of the da are not requested -- affected pai- hua parkmerced. this is because it iwe disagree. we do not believe the da did not resume demolition is necessary. it simply proposes a scope of development on the project site that allows the increment of replacement and demolition of up to1580 apartments. we also disagree in part with finding five. we believe this is a real question and that the city attorney gave extensive testimony on the enforceability of provisions and and by the supervisors of all of the reasons why the d.a.'s brent provision control should be enforceable. the city also went through the details and remedies that are included to bolster its enforceability and provide tenant protections, even in the unlikely event that tenet provision were deemed unenforceable by these protections. [no audio] deputy city attorney charles sullivan to add anything. supervisor campos: we have the deputy attorney. did you want to add anything? >> good afternoon. charles sullivan. i thing th
Jul 28, 2011 7:30pm PDT
that incorporates this committee's decision for approval or disapproval. supervisor campos: ok. colleagues, why don't we move to the actual resolution where you have the specific findings. again, what you have here are five findings and recommendations. we need to take a position on each one of them. if you look at the resolution, and it specifically references each one of those five findings. and we also have to provide our reasons for our agreement or disagreement with each one of those. before we do that, i do not know if there is anyone that wanted to add anything? before we go into discussion, why don't we hear from members of the public that would like to speak on this item. please come forward. >> thomas picarello again. i also want to thank the san francisco civil grand jury for their work the entire year. not only on this report, but for their reports on the ethics commission, and also the report on the controller's office regarding the whistleblower program. with all due respect to this committee, colleagues on the full board, it is unfortunate that the civil grand jury is the only entity
Jul 3, 2011 3:30am PDT
. i am happy to take any questions. chairperson campos: thank you. i do not want to lose the quorum of the committee. i wonder how long this is going to be. >> this is going to be brief. i will go over what the office of economic and workforce development is required to review on an annual basis. briefly, business improvement district, also known as community benefit districts, are governed by state law, local law, and a contract with the city administered by our office and the board of supervisors. our office is charged with ensuring that they are meeting their requirements, both on their city contract in complying with local and state laws. we are also required to conduct an annual review and provide you with a performance review and financial analysis. the resolution in front of you covers four fiscal years. we look at the annual reports and financial reviews. i am going to go over just a few more local and state laws so you have more information. the business improvement law does come from the streets and highways code, which requires that each business improvement district prov
Jul 5, 2011 12:30am PDT
people for their tax ride home. i have not yet seen a big spike at all. commissioner campos: thank you. colleagues, any questions? i don't open it up to public comments. is there any member of the public that would like to comment on this item? >> we would like to thank the staff of the mta for working on our proposal. as was mentioned, lifeline was supposed to have -- and rfp went out a year-and-a-half ago. the winter and evaluation process that required them a lifeline. without these funds, the shuttle will not be able to continue to operate. in addition to that, we would like the commission to be able to encourage administrative haste in developing the contract in moving forward because, without it, we will have to cease operations on june 30. currently, when we started, we were carried 12 passengers a month. we carry 200 a day now. we're interested in making sure we do not have a break in service and whether we are able to bill retroactively starting from july for an expedited contracting process, we see as essential for our project contingency. commissioner campos: thank you. next
Jul 17, 2011 11:00pm PDT
campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> good morning. restaurant and hotel workers union. from a union that struggles day in and day out with over hundreds of worksites that would have to compete with the businesses exploiting this loophole, i cannot tell you how galling it is to be back here to fix a problem that we thought we fixed. i was shocked by the economic report that 70% of workers experiencing this phenomenon with hra's are city residents. when we pass this, we thought hra's would be an attractive option to those who live outside of the city. the genius of healthy san francisco, the reason it passed unanimously and signed by the mayor, was that in leveraged our health infrastructure in a way that provided attractive options for businesses and workers, in particular, who lived in this city. think about the perverse, massive disincentive that this loophole creates for businesses. you can cheat your customers. you can pocket the money by cheating your workers out of what is due to them out of healthy san francisco. and then the city picks up the tab. when workers get sick, their
Jul 25, 2011 4:00am PDT
supervisors campos -- supervisor campos and the many community voices who have pointed out what i think is a real problem. i support the intention of the legislation. i am troubled that there are employers not paying what others are, that they are a disincentive to do the right thing, who have been limiting usage, who have not been providing notice. i am also frankly troubled at the fact that we only have 20% usage. i do not think that is acceptable. at this hearing, there have been a lot of questions that have been raised that have not been answered. for example, what happens at the end of an employee's time? do we want to have millions of dollars sitting in definitely in these accounts? is that the best thing for workers? i think we all agree that we need to amend the legislation to ensure all employers are providing notice in all languages to all employees. there are still issued -- issues we need to discuss with the city attorney's office to make sure whatever we do is complying with federal law. that said, i do think it is appropriate, given this is only the first time we have hear
Jul 12, 2011 9:30am PDT
commissioner campos: we are joined by members, commissioner scott wiener, john avalos. the vice chair of the committee, carmen chu. committee member david chiu is en route. we want to thank the following staff members of the sfgtv for covering this staff meetinmeeti. please call item two. >>item 2. approve the minutes of the june 21, 2011 meeting. this is an action item. commissioner campos: seeing none, public comment is closed. -- is there anyone from the public that would like to comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, you have the minutes of the june 21 meeting before you. motion by commissioner avalos. without objection. please call item three. >>item 3. citizens advisory committee report. this is an information item. commissioner campos: is there anyone here from the citizens advisory committee? why don't we come back to item three. why don't we stick to item four. >> -- skip to item fo4. >> good morning, committee members. the start of its 17 of the package. the item is to recommend appointment of one member to the citizen advisory committ
Jul 19, 2011 10:00am PDT
and believe that the program works. we also understand the concerns raised by supervisor campos. but we believe the current form of legislation will hurt the local economy, local businesses, and ultimately those who live and work in san francisco. in particular, it is clear that after a few conversations with local employers that the number of jobs lost will be significantly larger than what was reported today in the economic report. the fact is that this measure would hit local businesses and their employees harder than any single tax increase proposed or adopted in san francisco in the past 20 years and would come at a worse time for employers in decades. in 2006, then supervisor ammiano said this was a way to increase employee access to health care services. he was right, and that is what the hcso has done. can it be improved? absolutely, but this is not the way to do it. san francisco does not operate in a vacuum. we have to compete with other businesses in the region and with the whole world. passing this legislation will continue to push costs higher and leave more san franciscans
Jul 4, 2011 12:30am PDT
, like improving parks and transportation conditions. supervisor campos: final question before we open it for public comment. i know that there have been concerns about a specific project that has been raised. this is not the purpose of this in terms of our discussion. it is about the general guidelines to follow. what do you presently have in place, whether it is, you know, a company, or an industry that your regulating, or the public has a specific complaint against one individual or other individuals in your department? what do you have in place to deal with that complaint were concerned? >> for any one of my regulators, for any regulation, land use or otherwise, if there is a complaint from the public that the inspector did not do their job, either myself or the director of regulatory programs will independently look at the claims. we will review the case record and the files. when i look at things, when i look at things, i tend to go back to the law. i read the law. if it is outdated, i look to see whether the science has changed and if we should be thinking about this differently
Jul 4, 2011 2:00am PDT
. chairperson campos: thank you very much. colleagues, any questions for the thorough and quick presentation? we appreciate that. why don't we open it up to public comment? i have speaker cards from lisa, james tracey, steve woo, and lorenzo listano. if you can come forward, you each have two minutes. >> i am lisa. i have lived in the tenderloin for 36 years. i appreciate local programs like the north of market community benefits center, safe havens, clean city, and the good neighbor coalition project they work on. chairperson campos: great. thank you very much. >> my name is steve wu. my group wants to express our of our support for the strong leadership provided by their director. we have worked closely with the cbd for many years and have good things to say about them and their great work. thank you. chairperson campos: thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is james tracy. the first thing -- full disclosure. our organization receives a small grant from the community benefit district. but our praise would be the same even if we did not receive a penny. the community benefits district -- north
Jul 16, 2011 6:00pm PDT
forward to this loophole being closed. supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. i have a few more speaker cards. [reading names] >> my name is laurie baker. my husband and i opened a restaurant a year and half ago. it was a lifelong dream, and i am happy that we were able to do it. we created 30 full-time jobs by opening our restaurant. nothing would make us happier than to provide full insurance for each and every one of our employees. i am sure you know, running a food service industry is such a small profit margin, it is not possible at this time. we encourage everyone of our employees to use their hra's. i just want to put my 2 cents in and say that if there were more incentives or tax breaks for small business owners to provide full health insurance to their employees, instead of something like an hra, i think that would be money well spent . i also want you to think about the jobs that will be lost by closing the profit margin for small restaurateurs with the passage of this amendment. supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> good afternoon. i am the senior
Jul 17, 2011 10:30pm PDT
mitigate the effect and further reduce his estimates. thank you. next speaker please. -- supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> i work for a technology company that contacted me with a larger company. they were basically paid by the company to pay me and to pay for my health spending account. last year, december 27, they made a quarterly deposit of $900 into a account. i was not notified of that and i was not aware that the account was in existence. when i found out about it and went to use the money, it had already expired. it was the use it or lose it option. i had over $900 from prescriptions that i needed to use, which i had to pay out of pocket. this loophole needs to be closed, so that people like myself can use the money that this ordinance has put in place to use. it is just kind of a hardship on me, someone who lives paycheck to paycheck, to have to pay that money out of pocket when it is supposed to be a benefit supervisor campos:. supervisor campos: thank you. i do want to thank the workers there are coming out, sharing their stories. i know it is personal. let me
Jul 19, 2011 9:30am PDT
% of my money is gone. there must be something wrong. supervisor campos: i have a few more names. [reading names] >> good morning, supervisors. our employees do have hra accounts. we do not have a use it or lose it provision. the balance accumulates year over year. they receive quarterly notices, they make special accommodations for the employee to access their hra account. i have never had any complaints about getting reimbursements. however, i oppose the amendment to this ordinance as written for the following reasons. the cost of administration has not been calculated yet. it is impossible -- at least i cannot figure out how small businesses will comply with tracking employee's accounts after they have left the company. it is a burden that will become increasingly expensive over time and will provide very little benefit. the second part of the amendment is that the care expenditures have to be available within five days after the end of the quarter. the administration of the hcso is extremely burdensome within a small business. we can are they calculate our debt to our employees within
Jul 3, 2011 2:30am PDT
campos: thank you for coming to speak. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is douglas. i have lived in san francisco for 69 years. i have worked at the park -- department of public health and hospitals for 20 years. i would like to think this committee for its aggressive stance, especially holding this hearing. i think everybody in this room agrees the department of public health has been under- scrutinized for long time. face the facts. gavin newsom is not in san francisco. the only conclusion i get is that it is now time to clean up the department of public health. [applause] i hate to say this, but it is kind of suspicious, in my opinion, the department of public health puts forth all of these platitudes about ethical conduct, compliance, concerns, rules, etc., get in actual practice, they go after their own valuable employees, like myself, just for whistle- blowing. these are actual fact. i am still requesting the board of supervisors to hold a hearing on the department of public health and if they are as clean as some people say. let's put it in writing
Jul 4, 2011 1:00am PDT
health -- [tone] supervisor campos: thank you, sir. next speaker. >> mr. chairman, honorable committee, members, i am dr. aurelius walker from bayview- hunters point. the african-american revitalization organization -- i am appalled. i looked at an article and it said -- it was a press release. m "ayr lee -- "merayor lee applauds." lieutenant governor gavin newsom, state controllers, recognition of the hunters point shipyard, a model for redevelopment. i want to applaud the health department of the city. we have an outstanding health department. amy brownell was outstanding. in the face of public insult, public attacks, she still did her job. on one occasion, they went out to do some research on nosebleeds. it was intimidating. they had to stop their research because of the attacks and all of that. one of the things i'm concerned about, supervisors, is last summer, the shipyard's project was approved. the board of supervisors, six other city boards, and the two community advisory groups with jurisdiction over the site, and the citizen committee, the same old, and become a dead rhetoric
Jul 4, 2011 8:30pm PDT
development, as we know, is controversial. supervisor campos: i think you are going to college as you see it and speak up when there is an issue. colleagues, i don't know if any of you have any questions for him. supervisor cohen? supervisor cohen: thank you. if you could summarize to the committee and public how the planning department look -- works with other agencies, in evaluating and mitigating environmental impact associated with the environmental development project. >> i would actually -- it would be great if representatives from the planning department could also speak to this. i don't want to be speaking to -- for the planning department. from our perspective, there are three categories. one is the case of regulations, regulations that we enforce. for the planning department, when a new proponent comes from -- for a particular project, planning department staff look at that, see if any of our environmental rules are triggered, required. they will tell that -- they will make a referral. they will tell the project posed a proponent that he needs to get the soil analysis required -
Jul 4, 2011 9:00pm PDT
the department of public health account." supervisor campos: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is vivian donohue. i am with, or and i am a resident of hunters point. i live a block from hunters. -- hunters point. ewe are the people who have suffered. i know i am one. my family -- i have grandchildren. there are people up from where i live. they have nosebleeds. i know you have heard this before. i have been here before, many times. i have a 9-year-old. he still has nosebleeds. when they go to school, they won't stop. they send paramedics for him. he still has nosebleeds today. my grand kids, when they overdid the dust, they had nosebleeds, like many other children, and the main thing we are here for is to ask amy brownell to step down. i have been in meetings with her. she says this community is not sick. if they truly believed that, why wouldn't they test the children and the elderly? why wouldn't they do that? i know of some more elderly people that i don't even see any more. i think they have passed on. what i am concerned about is my grand kids, 20 years
Jul 12, 2011 12:30am PDT
will always listen and try to work with the parties. thank you very much. supervisor campos: that was a very thorough presentation. i think it provides good contact for this hearing. i just had a couple of follow- ups. could you say a little bit more about what kind of training is provided to staff about some of the things we discussed? i thought the first slide was really important. it talks about making sure that you maintain impartiality and of the activity. you make decisions based on facts and evidence. i am wondering what kind of training, whether it is in place, or will be in place going forward, how that works. >> most staff are trained environmental professionals. they have professional training. the training has professional ethics and professional standards. the latter ones on the list reflect public health principles. not all professionals may be cross-trained in public health. these are more progressive or proactive, the duty to monitor, to inform, to advocate for public health. it is more part of public health values. they are part of the training. we don't have any formal upda
Jul 14, 2011 8:00pm PDT
who already complied with every letter of the law. supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> i would like to get the supervisor's attention. i am speaking on behalf of a restaurant -- there are about 11 of them in the financial district. we are a business that believes in health care for our employees. we provided health care well before 2006, and continue to seek to provide health care. we do not have that 3% tax because it has always been a cost of doing business. however, this legislation, as it is written, is counterproductive to the idea of universal health care, and this is why. right now, employers are faced with health insurance or a use or lose it hra. most will choose insurance because it is a better option. the with the legislation is set up now, the hra continues to grow, like a pension plan. now when faced with a pension plan, $2 more an hour, they made choosethe hra. if there is a catastrophic accident, the person choosing the hra is going to get screwed. i really believe this legislation, as it is written, is counterproductive. supervisors have raised a gre
Jul 14, 2011 9:00pm PDT
campos and others are willing to consider ways to make sure the legislation is tailored. the committee is where work is supposed to happen, and i have heard from colleagues -- our colleagues -- across the political spectrum who want to make sure that we handle this legislation in committee. that is what committees are supposed to do. i do absolutely intend to support some version of this legislation. i just think we need a second hearing to do this right. supervisor campos: i have a motion to forward without a recommendation, so why don't we do a roll call on that motion. >> on the motion to refer without recommendation -- supervisor farrell. supervisor farrell: no. supervisor chiu: no. supervisor campos: aye. >> we have two nos and one aye. supervisor farrell: that said, i would make a motion to continue. i could do it to the call of the chair, for a week, whatever the preference is. i am happy to do that on the most accelerated basis possible. i am would be happy to do that to the discretion of my colleagues. supervisor chiu: i would second admission that we were to do this next week
Jul 16, 2011 5:30pm PDT
you, supervisor campos. i would love to see the day when the playing field is leveled and every restauranteur -- i also want to appreciate everybody who comes to my restaurants, for writing everybody with full benefits. supervisor campos: one thing that i keep hearing, it is impossible for restaurants and businesses to comply with this and still survive. what is your reaction to that? how do you do it? >> when i waited tables, i believe restaurateur's had the hardest job ever. that is not true. it is the dishwashers. i think you can do good and still do well. i have never made as much as i do in my lifetime, and i have been in restaurants for 25 years. i also never had health insurance until i took over. i do not hold the party line and do not believe we cannot make it work. with the help of san francisco and our customers, who have been generous with their $1 payments, it is doable. supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> [speaking spanish] >> good morning. i work for the restaurants. i am here because me and my co- workers, we are eligible for hra's, but most of
Jul 25, 2011 3:00am PDT
understand the importance of health care. supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> i am the owner of arcadia home care. i oppose this amendment. i am disappointed to hear you continually use language like it is a non-starter, when there is a solution available. my industry does not charge a surcharge. we do not put money in our pockets. we provide services to seniors. this will continue to provide, to increase the cost of remaining in one's own home, our own relatives, forcing the industry to go underground without protections, supervision. adult protective surgeonservicey is already neglected. there is a solution. this should not be passed on to employers who already complied with every letter of the law. supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> i would like to get the supervisor's attention. i am speaking on behalf of a restaurant -- there are about 11 of them in the financial district. we are a business that believes in health care for our employees. we provided health care well before 2006, and continue to seek to provide health care. we do not have that
Jul 12, 2011 1:00am PDT
i may change some of that back, but i am willing to -- >> -- supervisor campos: let me ask you to finish reading the mail. >> i won't do that. i know we gave you the facts. my job is not to do your job for you. i would be betraying your trusted by did that. let me say for me and for grain action, and as a resident who lives in bayview-hunters point, i have been raising my children and grandchildren, and my great- grandson, i find it appalling that our health department has attempted to save they cannot be trusted with the public's health. supervisor campos: thank you. >> i am with power. one of our members had to leave. she wrote this letter. "i have been a resident of bayview-hunters point since 1989. i will comment on the role of the representatives amybrownell. -- representative amy brownell. the department of public health was supposed to particularly protect the public's health near the to the limit. nearby residents began complaining of high levels of dust and resulting health problems. there are numerous hearings due to the residents' concerns, yet the department of publ
Jul 14, 2011 7:30pm PDT
. supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> good morning, supervisors. we are here to support the closing of the loophole. the chinese workers association have been serving the chinese community for 40 years now. our members have high rates of poor health because they are working long hours. i have heard of some people working 17 hours a day, sweat shop conditions. low wages lead to bad housing conditions in sro's, and that leads to bad health. my aunt was a low-wage worker. she was denied treatment. one day, she died in her sleep. she is survived by her two sons. for folks who do not get treatment, that cost would then be on the taxpayers. also for the chinese community, a lot of people do not speak english. people get for notice. when people get health care, they do not even know if they provide health care, even though they have over 20 workers in their workplace. in one case, a worker wanted to testify, but she is afraid because of her workplace. her employer changed to the health spending account. you need to close this loophole. supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker
Jul 19, 2011 9:00am PDT
. supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> good morning, members of the board. i am an analyst of the curve and accountability office. this morning, i am not a representative of diego. i did research for my master's thesis. i conducted a study from january to may 2010. the authors of labor enforcement was interested in how these programs work. my results will be available after the meeting. through my research, historically, hra's have been used as a consumer health care plan model. these are often offered in tandem with a health spending account. however, although hra's are often offered in tandem with high-tech plants, it is possible to provide these without coverage for catastrophic illnesses. you have also pointed out, controlled by employers since they can decide what they want to cover and whether they want to keep the money or roll it over to employers the following year. i also had the opportunity to speak to several employee benefit experts who said outside of san francisco, hra's are not offered without a health insurance plan. they were shocked when i mentioned that
Jul 25, 2011 2:30am PDT
customers refuse to pay the fee. thank you for listening. supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. i have a few more names to read. [reading names] >> good morning. my name is edwin escobar. this loophole is unjust and unfair. i am a restaurant worker, here in san francisco. three months ago, in april, i was in a bicycle accident in the city. if it was not for this health care ordinates, i would not be able to pay off the emergency bill. i got my bill from sf general, and it was $3,300 for a four- hour visit to the emergency room. i got some stitches, some painkillers. this year alone, i have been working part-time. this health care is really beneficial. it would be much better to close this loophole. supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> good morning, supervisors. we are here to support the closing of the loophole. the chinese workers association have been serving the chinese community for 40 years now. our members have high rates of poor health because they are working long hours. i have heard of some people working 17 hours a day, sweat shop conditions. low wage
Jul 28, 2011 11:00am PDT
to complete it. supervisor campos: if i could just follow up on that. it is really surprising that we do not even know who was overseeing this function within the police department. it is a pretty basic function, right? the city comptroller makes recommendations on how to improve issues that are important. even if there was not the kind of follow up that you wanted, i imagine someone was looking at that. i do not know if it is someone in the administrative bureau -- >> my suspicion is that it was handled by the former chief of staff, who is retired. i do not have that person to ask, who they assigned the staff work to. we are also talking about these issues from property " -- control division. there are issues with court over time, smaller issues that are in there, so it is likely this was separated out and sent out to a variety of individuals, not unlike what i have done today. so it probably went out to a few different people, and it may have gone through the chief of staff's office, but with the reorganization, retirement, and other things, i met a deficit, time-wise, to get your answ
Jul 28, 2011 7:00pm PDT
policies of our department. if you have any questions -- supervisor campos: no, thank you. i appreciate that the chief has inherited this. it is unfortunate that we are where we are, but we need to focus on moving forward, making sure we have these systems in place. we are talking about premium pay, overtime pay. those are important issues. i think we need to make sure that we monitor it as closely as we can. thank you very much. i think that concludes the presentations, unless there is a department that i left out? why don't we now open it up to public comment is there anyone from the public that would like to comment on this item? >> good morning, supervisors. thomas picarello. there appears to be a disconnect with what is happening in the city and what is being presented to you today. let me be specific. at laguna honda hospital, there were two doctors that blew the whistle on the patient gift fund. now, dph is coming before you and telling you that they should only report on a yearly basis, instead of a quarterly basis. two medical doctors lost their positions at laguna honda hospit
Jul 28, 2011 12:00pm PDT
of the rent control provisions. supervisor campos: again, i conceded that. the question is, is a reasonable argument on the other side? >> the only argument would be the cost of hawkins does not allow the city to impose rents on new units. there is an exception, and we have told you about that and why we believe it applies here. supervisor campos: you are saying no accordance could provide these provisions are not enforceable? >> i cannot predict finally what any court would do. all i can do is give you the advice we of given you on this. supervisor campos: i think that is the problem. because we're talking about issues were some of these there are no legal precedents that say you can do some of the things you are doing at the end of the day, no one can provide the guarantee. while i appreciate that we have gone as far as we could possibly go, i actually think that at the end of the day we're still dealing with some risk, and again, while i understand there are strong arguments as to why the risk will not materialize, the fact remains that the risk exists. i have yet to hear from any of the
Jul 5, 2011 1:00am PDT
is to pilot the recommendation. supervisor campos: thank you. >> reviewing the issues associated with that of the shuttle, we wanted to understand the range of benefits and impacts and how some of the concerns raised by constituents and stakeholders on neighborhood impact be address to while maintaining the interests of the sector. in our study in partnership with four major employers we did a survey of passenger shuttles and had a 50% response rate, which was fantastic, calculating the benefits with these original operations in public testimony. these shuttles provided significant citywide regional benefit in terms of emissions reduction. we found that over 50% of writers would have driven alone to work if the shuttle had not been available. from a workforce perspective the shuttle's aided productivity of the employees and for the employers. we also research to that the shuttle's assisted households in not using their cars as much and getting rid of one or both of their vehicles with benefits for the neighborhood as a whole in terms of reduced parking demand and traffic circulat
Jul 14, 2011 8:30pm PDT
and make sure workers have access to health care. thank you. supervisor campos: thank you. next speaker please. >> i am a restaurant owner in san francisco, and i would like to address my remarks directly to some of the questions president chiu ask. i appreciate it. some of the questions you ask were really good. i would like to shed and on the ground business owner's light on those questions. we have an hra. we fully notify our employees. we provide any coverage that can be covered. dental, medical, so on and so forth, but utilization rates are still low. president chiu ask the question about 20% compared to 55%. there may be an assumption that is incorrect. we are assuming all things are equal. in healthy san francisco, i believe these are people who sought out health care and applied for it because they knew they needed to access the health care system. in our hra's, utilization rates are lower -- nobody argues that young people never access health care, but young people dollar for dollar probably access health care a lot less than older people. i have a lot of young employees, and t
Jul 7, 2011 9:00pm PDT
." supervisors campos is our supervisor for this week. welcome. thank you for joining us today. tell us about your background. where you grew up, went to school? >> sure. i was born in guatemala. i was brought here by my parents. i grew up in l.a., and then moved up to the bay area, and i went to stanford. i came back after law school. my background for the first few years was as a practicing attorney. i worked in the private sector for a number of years. and then i worked for the city as a deputy city attorney and then became general counsel of the school district of san francisco and through that became involved in politics and at some point decided to run for office. >> you have lived in san francisco for awhile. why did you decide to live here? supervisor campos: i have always felt that san francisco is unique. i have always loved this city. i think that san francisco is -- it represents the best of what this country has to offer. it is a place that welcomes people from all over the world, from all over the country, and is a place that not only tolerates, but actually increases diversity.
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